👋 hi, i'm joe.

I'm a software engineer, mountain biker, golfer, snowboarder, photographer, gamer, sports fan, and denizen of the internet (among other things). I live with my wife and goldendoodle in Salt Lake City, Utah. Here's a bit of what I'm up to on the internet and elsewhere.

🎧 Listening

🐘 Posting

it's really a wild time to be alive that the marketing strategy for Google's Pixel phone is to show off the AI/ML photo manipulation features instead of camera/photo quality.

🥱: “our phone takes awesome pictures to help you capture a moment in time”
🤩: “our phone will help you manipulate reality to create a fabricated moment in time”

every time the ad comes on during the NBA playoffs i dislike it more.

there isn’t a more polarizing fast food opinion in all the land: In-n-out fries are actually good.

I’ll admit, they’re actually good
What?! Ugh, gross
I plead the fifth

📚 Reading

👨‍💻 Writing

Can we talk about the App Store?

There has been a lot of press around changes to the App Store lately.

First there was a US court decision that forced Apple into allowing apps to include an “alternate payment link”, and just yesterday they announced a sweeping set of changes coming to the EU App Store due to the Digital Markets Act (DMA) that is scheduled to come into effect in March.

Both of these legally mandated changes are being implemented in such a way as to do the absolute bare minimum required and make everyone who decides to use the new options pay for it.

January 26, 2024 Read more
15" MacBook Air

I side-graded my 2021 16" MacBook Pro to the 15" MacBook Air. I’ve been doing a bit more travel lately, and I’m getting tired of lugging the bigger 16" beast around with me. The smaller machine is a tradeoff in a few areas compared to the Pro, but it shaves 1.4lbs (0.59kg) of weight off, is significantly thinner, and slightly smaller.

I haven’t had the opportunity to take a trip with it yet, but in some trial runs throwing it in my backpack, the difference is already feeling nice.

January 10, 2024 Read more

🍿 Watching

Dune: Part Two
Anatomy of a Fall
American Fiction
Past Lives